Turkey Foot Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Turkey Foot Campground

Turkey Foot Campground, located on London Ranger District, is nestled along the banks of War Fork Creek in Jackson County. The road into the campground is fairly steep and may be unsuitable for vehicles towing large trailers. The creek is stocked with trout throughout the year. A playfield with a horseshoe pit is located t the end of camping sites alongside the creek. All of the campsites are wooded.

Directions: From US 421 take KY 587 north and turn left onto Forest Road 4 (Turkey Foot Road). Follow FR 4 to FR 345 (Elsam Fork Road). Turn right onto 345 and follow signs to the campground. From Arvel take KY 587 south and turn right onto Forest Road 4 (Turkey Foot Road). Follow FR 4 to FR 345 (Elsam Fork Road). Turn right onto 345 and follow signs to the campground.

From Berea: From I-75, take Berea Exit 76. Head east on KY 21. Stay on KY 21E (Big Hill Road) approximately 5 miles until it ends at US 421. Turn right (south) on US 421. Take US 421 west for approximately 18.4 miles to McKee, KY. Turn left onto KY 89. Travel approximately 3 miles on KY 89N and turn right on Macedonia Road for 0.5-mile. Turn left on Forest Service Road #4 (Turkey Foot Road) for 1 mile. The road turns to gravel. After 1.9 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 345 (Elsam Fork Road) and follow signs to the campground.

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Each site is equipped with picnic table, fire ring, tent pad, and lantern pole. There is no water, electric or dump station available in the campground. All of the sites are within easy walking distance of the creek.

Turkey Foot Campground Map

Use caution at the low water ford across the creek at the campground entrance. Do not cross if flooded. Low lying areas are prone to flooding, so be alert for flooding when driving, camping or crossing streams in this area. 

Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.

View Turkey Foot Campground Guide & Map (pdf)

Trails nearby:
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail #100. A portion of Section 19, from Turkey Foot Campground to Jackson County Road 376, is open to off-highway vehicles less than 50" wide.   
Turkey Foot Loop Trail System #303 (4.5 miles) - hiking only

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Picnic tables
Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open all year - Open all year
Usage: Light
Restrictions:  Food and trash storage is mandatory, to reduce odors that attract bears. Unless cooking or eating, store your food and trash inside a hardtop vehicle, the trunk of a car or a bear-resistant container.  (Order DB-02-15)

Alcohol use is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. (KRS 222.202)

No fires outside of a fire ring provided by the Forest Service or outside of a stove, grill or fireplace. (Order DB-02-15)

Campfire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. (36 CFR 261.5) Check for fire restrictions. You will be held liable for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire.

The following are prohibited:

  • Failing to dispose of all garbage, including any paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Dumping of any refuse, debris, trash or litter brought as such from private property. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Camping or maintaining a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days without having first terminated occupancy of that campground for a minimum of 10 days within a 31 day time frame. (Order DB-01-15) 
  • Entering or remaining in a designated campground between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except for persons occupying the campsite. (Order DB-01-15)
  • Failing to remove all camping equipment or personal property when vacating the site. 36 CFR 261.16 (f).
  • Occupying any portion of the site for other than recreation purposes. 36 CFR 261.16 (a).
  • Placing, maintaining, or using camping equipment except in a place specifically designated or provided for such equipment. 36 CFR 261.16 (g).
  • Leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours without permission. 36 CFR 261.16 (i).
  • Failing to have at least one person occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up. 36 CFR 261.16 (h).
Closest Towns: McKee, KY
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744
606-864-4163
859-428-7706

General Information

Directions:

Directions: From US 421 take KY 587 north and turn left onto Forest Road 4 (Turkey Foot Road). Follow FR 4 to FR 345 (Elsam Fork Road). Turn right onto 345 and follow signs to the campground. From Arvel take KY 587 south and turn right onto Forest Road 4 (Turkey Foot Road). Follow FR 4 to FR 345 (Elsam Fork Road). Turn right onto 345 and follow signs to the campground.

From Berea: From I-75, take Berea Exit 76. Head east on KY 21. Stay on KY 21E (Big Hill Road) approximately 5 miles until it ends at US 421. Turn right (south) on US 421. Take US 421 west for approximately 18.4 miles to McKee, KY. Turn left onto KY 89. Travel approximately 3 miles on KY 89N and turn right on Macedonia Road for 0.5-mile. Turn left on Forest Service Road #4 (Turkey Foot Road) for 1 mile. The road turns to gravel. After 1.9 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 345 (Elsam Fork Road) and follow signs to the campground.


Accessibility:

The toilets are developed for accessibility. 


Parking:

Parking is available at the campground. 


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Amenities

Picnic tables Picnic tables are available at each campsite. The picnic area near the creek has six tables.
Tent camping The campground has 15 tent campsites.
Accessible The toilets in the campground are accessible.


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